Calls for faster roll out of 4G
Everything Everywhere CEO Olaf Swantee said: “This is a call for attention to be brought to this issue, to stop battling in the background and let us catch up with the other 34 countries that have already launched 4G services.”
Mr. Swantee added: “The UK had struck me as a place where mobile technology is deployed first and yet the infrastructure is behind Germany, Scandinavia and the US.”
Since licences for 4G technology, along with pre-testing of the technology, were announced last year, there have been no end of hold ups, many of which have been legal wrangles.
Further, Everything Everywhere was given the backing of Ofcom, which only added to the confusion and chagrin of other networks; however, Ofcom is anxious for the speed of the roll out to be increased.
That said, Vodafone has made its position clear, namely that if any one company is given a head start it would take legal action. Further, both O2 and Vodafone have suggested that they would take the telecommunications regulator to court if the current licence auction system is maintained and not changed.
The two companies believe that Ofcom has given Everything Everywhere preferential treatment. Ofcom denies this, of course, but seemingly this has not satisfied the two mobile phone giants; they are also unhappy at Three being given some special treatment to boost competition.
All the networks may want a faster roll out, but with the constant wrangling this seems unlikely.